Apr 6, 2022
By Sihle Nontshokweni and Mathabo Tlali
Illustrated by Chantelle & Burgen Thorne
A touching story about identity and being proud of who you are
"I love my hair and one day I will be brave enough to say so!"
Meet Wanda, with her beautiful hair. She is unhappy because the boys on the bus tease her.
But Grandmother Makhulu has the answer...Through Makhulu's stories and hair secrets, Wanda realises that her hair is her crown - an important part of her and something to be very proud of.
This is a heartwarming, inspiring story about beauty and identity - and being proud of who you are.
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Sihle Nontshokweni teaches at the University of Pretoria and is working on a Ph.D. alongside her writing for children. She has also studied in China, gaining a Master's degree at Beijing University. She has a deep interest in how racialised contexts and situations affect personal identity and aspirations, particularly with children. Wanda was inspired by her own and her co-author's high school experiences. She has recently completed a second book, Fly Everyone.